RIC SANDERS TRIO
Although Ric Sanders is best known as the fiddle player for Fairport
Convention, he was also a member of one of the many incarnations of The Albion Band,
one of Ashley Hutchings' on-going projects.
Ric has an amazing pedigree which shows his exceptional versatility. Ric was
self taught, which makes it all the more surprising to find that this ace
fiddler’s first professional gig was in 1973 with an experimental rock band
- Stomu Yamash'ta And The Red Buddah Theatre.
What then followed was joining the darlings of the Canterbury prog rock
scene, Soft Machine, in 1976. He appeared on the band's live album, 'Alive and
Well' , recorded during a 1978 concert in Paris.
In 1980 Ric formed Second Vision, with guitarist John Ethridge, Mickey
Baker on drums, and Dave Bristow on keyboards, releasing the album 'First Steps'
Ric then opened his own recording studio, and recorded many top artistes
from the folk world, including June Tabor and Martin Simpson. At the studio he
also recorded his first solo album, 'Whenever', released in 1984.
Ric's name was becoming well known amongst the extended Fairport family, and
in 1985 he was asked by Dave Pegg to play on an instrumental Fairport
Convention album, 'Gladys' Leap'. He leaped at the chance , and twenty years on
he’s still a member of Fairport Convention!
Ric released another solo album “Neither Time Nor Distance” in 1991.
Ric also played jazz in a trio with Vikki Clayton (another Fairport
connection!) on vocals, and Fred Thelonious Baker on drums - a live album, '
Carried Away' was released in 1995.
The current Ric Sanders Trio line up - percussion, guitar and acoustic
fiddle - features Vo Fletcher and Michael Gregory. They cross boundaries and
defy categorisation, with original compositions, folk tunes and some
drastically re-worked Fairport Convention songs,. However, a typical performance also
showcases works by jazz and fusion giants like Stephan Grappelli, John
McLaughlin, Miles Davis combined with (for instance!) The Beatles, Hendrix, Brian
Wilson and Stevie Wonder.... and you’re not half way there yet!
Suffice to say each performance by The Ric Sanders Trio is different,
exhilarating and breathtaking.
The Ric Sanders Trio supported by PJ. Wright appear at South Parade Pier
on Saturday August 26th 2006,